Body Coordination

Children learn to use both sides of their bodies in stages starting with simple tasks and advancing to more complex. Body coordination, also known as bilateral coordination, is the ability to use both sides of the body at the same time in a controlled and organized manner. Bilateral coordination is important for accomplishing many daily activities as well as promoting optimal learning. Physical therapy utilizes a variety of methods for promoting bilateral coordination including, but not limited to, jumping jacks, stride jacks and cross crawls. Skipping and galloping are ways that young children often practice and develop bilateral coordination.

Jumping Jacks Instruction

Jumping Jacks

Cross Crawls

Hand to Knee

Elbow to Knee

Hand to Foot (Front)

Hand to Foot (Back)

Stride Jacks

Same Side Stride Jacks

Opposite Side Stride Jacks

Fun with Chalk

More Fun with Chalk

Animal Walks

The Hokey Pokey is a great way to increase coordination and learn left and right sides of the body.

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.

Carol Welch